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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally arrived in theaters, letting fans experience the next chapter in the Skywalker saga. As classic characters like Luke and Leia work with the next generation of the resistance--Rey, Finn, Poe, and series newcomer Rose--to rise up against the First Order, The Last Jedi answers many questions posed by both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the film franchise as a whole. One of those questions happens to be something fans have been debating since The Force Awakens first hit theaters: Who are Rey's parents?
Rey has shown through both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi that she is very powerful with the Force, which led to a number of fan theories over the past couple of years. Some thought she was somehow the child of Obi-Wan Kenobi, while others thought Luke Skywalker himself was her father. In that particular theory, her mother is Mara Jade--Luke's wife in the expanded universe. Yet another theory posited that Rey could be Kylo Ren's sister, another child of Leia and Han Solo.
As it turns out, none of those are the reality--or, at least, that's what viewers are led to believe. During their confrontation on Snoke's ship in The Last Jedi, Kylo tells Rey she already knows who her parents were. "They're nobody," he says to her. Kylo adds that they probably sold her off for drinking money and are now buried in a pauper's grave.
While this might be disappointing for some fans, it makes Rey a more mysterious and interesting character. It also gives her a connection to Darth Vader that Kylo will never have. Anakin Skywalker, like Rey, came from nothing. He was a "nobody" who was strong with the Force and ended up changing the galaxy. Of course, it was for the worse. Rey, on the other hand, can save it.
However, that's all dependent on whether Kylo is being honest. While viewers are led to believe Rey knew the truth about her parents, Kylo is also extremely powerful with the Force and could have been manipulating her. It's entirely possible that Episode IX will reveal that Kylo was lying about her lineage.
That said, having Rey come from nothing to lead a new generation of Force-sensitive warriors is a very interesting turn of events for this new Star Wars trilogy to take. Do you enjoy this revelation about Rey's parentage? Tell us in the comments below. After that, take a look at our extensive Star Wars: The Last Jedi feature for more theories and answers to all of your questions.